Clock fly. I love their creepy little forelegs. Ugh.
My process is to draw them free-hand in pencil, then go back in with waterproof pen. If it's an insect, it's probably from my collection. For some of the sea creatures I had to use creative-commons photos as source material.
Then I added watercolor. It was a little harrowing at first because I've never used watercolor before. It's so different from oil painting, but I think the effect works well with these drawings. I should probably add watercolor and then the ink, so the detail is more crisp.
These are in a 10 x 12 inch sketchbook. I haven't scanned them yet, so these are photos.
I think my favorites are the beetles-- but beetles are my favorite insects, so that makes sense.
I'm not sure this would work mechanically-- I mean, clockwork wings would be incredibly heavy... but I wanted to fill that space with gears. Perhaps they're made of super-light super-thin material? I want to try this again with the normal damselfly wing pattern.
The sea slug or nudibranch. I envision this as almost a Nautilus-like underwater attack vehicle.
The clock weevil. I love weevils. I know they're often crop pests, but I just can't help it!
Do you make maps or sketches to envision elements of your writing?
Which of these do you think can be most improved? I think the bee, damselfly, and crab are the weakest, but I'd love feedback before I set pen to paper again.